Sales of the popular W.S Cox Plate charity pins have once again raised money for The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

This year $12,500 was donated to the hospital, with Moonee Valley Racing Club’s CEO Michael Browell presenting the RCH’s Community Fundraising Manager Donna Aranyi with the cheque on Friday night.

“I’m delighted to have presented the Royal Children’s Hospital with the money raised from the sales of the pins,” Mr Browell said.

“The hospital does a brilliant job in caring for sick children and their families, and we’re extremely proud to be involved in helping such a fantastic organisation.

“Well done to everyone involved in the charity pin initiative and a big thank you to everyone who donated throughout the Cox Plate carnival.”

“The $12,500 raised through the 2016 Cox Plate Charity Pin will support the role of Academic Paediatric Surgeon and Director of Trauma Services at the RCH. This position, held by Dr Warwick Teague, directs the RCH trauma service and provides academic leadership within the paediatric and neonatal surgery department.” Ms Aranyi said.

“As the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria, the RCH sees a vast number of critical cases every year. With a responsibility to treat the most severely injured children, it’s essential the RCH remains at the forefront of world leading trauma care. As part of his role, Dr Teague leads the team which oversees the hospital’s protocols and procedures for care of severely injured children to ensure these are maintained and where possible improved.

“The RCH Foundation would like to sincerely thank Michael Browell, Chief Executive, MVRC, Don Casboult, Chairman, MVRC, Brenda Hockaday, Daniela Cole, Lyndal Bean and all of the generous community who purchased a charity pin this year.”

This is the second year of the charity pin sales and follows on from the huge success of the promotion last year which saw a donation of $9000 made to the RCH Foundation.